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Friday, December 02, 2016

Junami apples

I discovered a new taste treat today, Junami apples. According to the US grower, Rainier Fruit,

"The Junami (joo-nah-mee) brand apple was bred in Switzerland. It is a cross between ldared, Maigold and Elstar, and until recently was only grown in northwestern Europe."

It's a nicely crisp apple with a wonderful taste.

Junami apples

Thursday, December 01, 2016


Blue skies and (relative) warmth greeted the first day of December.

It was a good day for a walk at Maudslay State Park. The recent rain left some soggy spots but for the most part I was able to find dry ground for my feet.

at Maudslay State Park

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


I'm sitting inside listening to the rain.

My walk today started dry. Luckily I wore my rain jacket since a light rain started about 2 miles into my 6-mile walk and continued to the end. The forecast for tonight calls for rain, with new precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. That's a lot of water!

oak leaves

I hope the forecast is right since we are still woefully short of water. The U.S. Drought Monitor (for Massachusetts) continues to show this region in a state of extreme drought.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

a walk in the rain

It was a gray and rainy day.

I headed for Harold Parker State Forest when the rain stopped for a bit. It started again as I was driving so my walk in the woods turned into a walk in light rain.

at Harold Parker State Forest

soup day

I had quinoa on my mind today; it seemed like a good starting ingredient for a pot of soup. I searched for a starting point, finding a recipe for quinoa corn soup. My soup didn't match the recipe but it made me happy.

Quinoa, carrot, and corn soup:

12 cups water
3/4 cup quinoa
1 can garbanzo beans
1 bag of frozen bi-color corn
8 carrots, sliced
red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
a bit of salt

I combined the water, quinoa, and spices, placing the pot on high heat until the mixture began to boil. I turned the heat to low, cooking the mixture for about 15 minutes. I then added garbanzo beans, corn, and carrots and continued cooking until the carrots were a good texture. Done!

I always make what might appear (to others) to be too much soup. I like having enough to freeze portion-sized containers for later.

It was a rainy day today, a good soup day!

Sunday, November 27, 2016


Reflections from today's blue sky color the Parker River.

Parker River, from a bridge on route 1

Saturday, November 26, 2016


It's gray outside; this splash of color brightens my day.

chrysanthemums, Longwood Gardens
chrysanthemums at Longwood Gardens

Friday, November 25, 2016

receding water

I walked on the beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge yesterday afternoon as the tide was flowing out. The sound of the ocean creates a peaceful environment.

nearing low tide, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, November 24, 2016


I'm always fascinated by the movements of sanderlings. They run back and forth across the sand, often as a group. I wonder how they communicate their direction changes.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

photos! Longwood Gardens

Photos from last Friday's visit can be viewed in the gallery Longwood Gardens :: 2016.